We get asked all the time which anchor is best. The best is to use features on site, such as the bases of woody shrubs, heavy picnic tables, door hinge pins, driftwood, etc. For ground anchors, the best choice depends on the firmness of the soil.

For soft to medium soils we think the large Orange Screw is fantastic. It is the only anchor we can hang from on packed beach sand. They are made in the USA of recycled polycarbonate and incredibly durable. The manufacturer warrants them for life.

For medium to hard soils we offer Tensa Boomstakes. These are two-part anchors with a nearly indestructible 8mm solid titanium spike and a reinforced 7000-series aluminum boom tube to substantially increase the holding power, redirecting the pulling vector to a point underground so they work somewhat like ground hooks. They can be pounded into ground too hard for Orange Screws, such as at many developed camping sites. They are also lighter and more compact than Orange Screws, a good hiker’s choice. See the Boomstake instruction sheet for detail.

For heavier hangers in softer ground, use three or four anchors per hammock end (Solo and Trekking Treez) instead of the usual two. The other option is to get creative with, for example, climbing nuts and dead-man’s anchors from bags filled with the loose earth. Creativity can make granite slabs, gravel bars, and sugar sand hammock friendly.

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Orange Screw – large, Boomstake 30cm, Boomstake 40cm, Peggy Peg – large


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